1 dead, 48 hurt after Illinois theater roof collapses during concert as tornado rips through Belvidere

The National Weather Service said that the EF-1 tornado's peak winds occurred in Belvidere, which caused the roof of the Apollo Theater to collapse.

BELVIDERE, Ill. – One person was killed Friday and 48 people were injured after an EF-1 tornado caused a roof of a theater in Belvidere, Illinois, to collapse as hundreds packed the floor for a concert.

A video on social media showed rescuers rushing to help those trapped under debris. In the footage, debris can be seen piled in front of the stage at the Apollo Theatre AC. As the camera tilts up, only a few beams remain where a roof once existed.

Many people are shown trying to sort through the rubble, lifting large pieces of the roof to free those trapped underneath. First responders and bystanders helped pull people from the debris, Schadke said.

"Help! Help!" a man can be heard shouting.

Alarm sounds blare in the background.

"Stay with me, okay? I am not leaving you," a man can be heard saying off-screen.

Belvidere Fire Chief Shawn Schadle told FOX Weather that more than 200 people were in the building at the time when it collapsed. Among the 48 injured, five suffered critical injuries, and 18 others had what Schadle described as moderate injuries. Many suffered broken bones and head injuries, Schadle said.

But all people have accounted for.

The bands Revocation, Skeletal Remains and Morbid Angel were set to perform at the venue. According to WFLD-TV, the roof collapsed during the middle of the concert.

One of the bands ended up canceling the event due to the incident as a severe weather outbreak swept through America's heartland Friday, spawning deadly tornadoes across multiple states.

The National Weather Service said Saturday that the EF-1 tornado was on the ground for nearly 28 miles and had wind speeds of 100 mph. 

"Peak winds occurred in Belvidere, which caused the roof of the Apollo Theater to collapse," NWS Chicago said